I was introduced to Yoga in 2000 while completing my Masters in the Counseling and Depth Psychology program at Pacific Graduate Institute. Although for 20 years I had enjoyed a successful career as a commercial real estate appraiser, and would not retire from that job for another 10 years, I knew I was searching for something more. I had been introduced to the psychology of Carl Jung in 1992 and have been interested in studying dreams ever since. I have spent 20 of the past 25 years in a monthly dream group. When I was introduced to yoga it helped me see the thread that connected these areas of study that for years held fascination for me; dreams, mental health, depth psychology, and spirituality.
In 2004 I was introduced to Yoga for healing as taught by T Krishnamacharya. I have been a student in this tradition ever since, and have been studying several years with my teacher Kate Holcombe.
In 2006 I traveled to India with several other yoga teachers who were also friends, and with whom I had been teaching and studying. Upon returning home we decided to open our own yoga studio, Yoga Sanga. I have been teaching yoga there ever since. From 2006 through 2017 I taught the Beginner’s Class. In 2018 I felt drawn to teach a class with the intention of spiritual connection in place of the Beginner’s Class. Additionally for years I have participated in the Philosophy Class as well as a teacher’s class focused on philosophy.
I received teacher certification from Healing Yoga Foundation. I received my certification as a Yoga Therapist (1,000 hour) from KHYF. This training included 2 internships at the Krishnamacharaya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai, India. I also received an advanced teacher training, also in the lineage of Krishnamacharaya, to support work with those with a cancer diagnosis. I am a registered 500RYT with Yoga Alliance. (Yoga Alliance does not regulate Yoga Therapy Certifications; it is regulated by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT)). I also hold a license from the State of Louisiana as professional counselor (LPC). In 2016, I obtained certification as a Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) from the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).
I wrote my thesis in my yoga therapy training on PTSD in the military. I collaborated with two other teachers in my sanga to assist the VA psychologists in a pilot study as well as a follow-up study. The study was published in Military Medicine in August 2013. From the publication of that research a grant was obtained that funds a yoga program in VA clinics in several cities in southern Louisiana. Under contract with Balance Yoga and Wellness I have been teaching two classes weekly at the VA in Hammond, LA. since the inception of the grant in 2013.
In addition, from 2015-2017 I was a teacher assistant in the Yoga Well Institute yoga teacher training in Nashville, TN. Additionally I am on the faculty for Amy Wheeler’s Optimal State of Living (OSOL) yoga training for mental health. Amy has been an educator and pioneer yoga therapist for decades, and is the current president of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. I continue to study weekly with Amy through her online studies program.
Since 2007 I have maintained a private therapy practice in Mandeville, LA. After the completion of my yoga therapy training in 2012, the vast majority of those I work with are in my capacity as a yoga therapist, however no doubt my training and experience as a psychotherapist has been helpful.
I absolutely love this work and feel amazingly blessed in so many ways to be able to work as a yoga therapist. I also mentor other yoga teachers and yoga therapists with such topics as assisting in course planning for their classes and therapy clients, helping to design pranayama and meditation practices, teaching yoga philosophy, as well as serve as their mirror and yoga therapist when needed. Most of those I mentor are studying in my tradition of TKV Desikachar and Krisnamacaraya, however I also mentor those in other traditions, particularly some who are exploring their spiritual connection.